Office of Naval Intelligence - Worldwide Threat to Shipping (WTS) Report
6 November - 6 December 2017
Table of Contents
3.Counter-Piracy and Maritime Crime Announcements and Advisories
4.Details: Monthly Incidents by Region
5.Appendix A: Further Contact Information and Resources
6.Appendix B: Terminology and References
1. (U) Scope Note
1. (U) The Worldwide Threat to Shipping (WTS) message provides information on piracy threats to, and criminal action against or that involves merchant vessels, the shipping industry, and other maritime stakeholders worldwide in the last 30 days. This report is produced primarily to inform merchant mariners and naval forces.
3. (U) Summary
A. (U) NIGERIA: On 7 December, a merchant ship reported that 8 robbers attempted to board their ship approximately 60 nm south of Bonny.
B. (U) GREECE: On 6 December, the merchant tug ANDREAS was intercepted by Greek Coast Guard, south of Ierapetra, Crete, on suspicion of drug trafficking. Ten tons of hashish were found in tug’s cargo hold.
C. (U) PHILIPPINES: On 3 December, robbers boarded an anchored container ship in Manila Quarantine Anchorage.
D. (U) GHANA: On 2 December, a merchant in Takoradi Anchorage, was boarded by one person with five others waiting in two nearby boats.
E. (U) UNITED STATES: On 1 December, U.S. Customs and Border Protection stopped an attempt to smuggle 15 people into the U.S. off the coast of San Diego.
F. (U) NIGERIA: On 1 December, pirates boarded a merchant vessel 57 nm south-southwest of Bonny.
G. (U) SPAIN: On 30 November, police officials announced that they had seized 331 kilograms of heroin. The haul was worth 120 million euros, with most found at the port of Barcelona. UNCLASSIFIED UNCLASSIFIED
H. (U) CAPE VERDE: On 30 November, a Netherlands-flagged sailing yacht anchored in Ihla de Santiago, Porto da Praia Bay was boarded by 2 men armed with knives and a metal pipe.
I. (U) IRAQ: On 30 November, a shipping container loaded with 80 million narcotic pills was seized by Basra Operations Command at the southern port of Umm Qasr.
J. (U) SPAIN: On 28 November, authorities in Algeciras discovered 5,800 kilograms of highly pure cocaine in shipping containers amongst a cargo of bananas coming from Colombia aboard the M/V BANAK.
K. (U) SAUDI ARABIA: On 28 November, Border Guards in Tabuk foiled an attempt to smuggle 745,000 amphetamine tablets through Saudi waters, near the Haql beaches.
L. (U) INDONESIA: On 25 October, robbers attempted to board a general cargo ship underway 1.8 nm northwest of Pulau Cula.
4. (U) Counter-Piracy and Maritime Crime Announcements
A. (U) GULF OF ADEN: Government of Japan convoy schedule for December 2017. To apply for JMSDF escort, visit http://www.mlit.go.jp/en/maritime/maritime_fr2_000000.html, please contact directly the Anti-Piracy Contact and Coordination Office, Maritime Bureau, Ministry of Land, Infrastructure, Transport and Tourism (MILT), Japan: Tel: +81-3-5253-8932; Fax: +81-3-5253-1643. Email: INFO-PIRACY@mlit.go.jp. (MSCHOA)
B. (U) GULF OF ADEN: Korean Navy convoy schedule for December 2017. All merchant vessels wishing to join the convoy group must submit their application forms directly to the ROK naval warship carrying out the mission. The ROK MTG can be reached directly at 1-203-574-6387. Email: email@example.com. (MSCHOA)
C. (U) GULF OF ADEN: Chinese Navy convoy schedule for December 2017. For further information, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org, or call Tel: 00870 773 121 248; or 441 203 136. (MSCHOA)
D. (U) GULF OF ADEN: Indian Navy convoy escort schedule for December 2017. To register, email email@example.com; or visit www.dgshipping.com. Telephone numbers for contact are: 91-22-22614646 or fax at 91-22-22613636. (MSCHOA)
E. (U) GULF OF ADEN: Russian Navy convoy escort schedule for December 2017. For further information, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com; or fax +7 (499) 642-83-29. (MSCHOA)